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2008-07-30 12:00:36

There's nothing like a refreshing dip in the Mediterranean on a sweltering summer's day. Yet the sea can be treacherous, as it was this past weekend. The surf was up, and so were warning flags atop lifeguard huts. Black flags prohibit any entry into the water; red signify dangerous currents and undertows. Unfortunately, both colors were largely ignored. The upshot: 15 drownings and near-drownings. Five swimmers lost their lives - in Haifa, Atlit, Netanya and Tel Aviv. Many of the...

2008-07-28 09:00:55

Rescuers suspended their search Sunday for a 10-year-old girl in the water off Coney Island, one of three swimmers still missing from powerful ocean currents at New York City and Long Island beaches over the weekend. Four other people drowned at local beaches Friday and Saturday, New York authorities said. The missing girl, Akira Johnson, was pulled under by currents while swimming Saturday afternoon. Her cousin, Tyriek Currie, 10, was rescued. - Karen Matthews, The Associated Press...

2008-07-28 06:00:45

By Kecia Bal, Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, Pa. Jul. 28--TRENT -- As a young girl, Dixie Kelly of Rockwood would head out to the beach area at Laurel Hill State Park with her mother and sister. On Friday, she decided to take her four grandchildren there with beach balls and blankets, now that the area has been updated with new facilities. Right away, she noticed a sign warning that no lifeguards are on duty. "As long as you have parents watching, it should be OK," she said....

2008-07-28 06:00:45

By Sophia Chang, Newsday, Melville, N.Y. Jul. 28--Long Beach city officials are meeting today to work on improving swimmer safety following a spate of riptide-related drownings, they said yesterday. City manager Charles Theofan said the focus will be on educating swimmers on rip currents. "We want to have a handout for everyone who is buying a pass on the Long Island Rail Road to go to the beach, where we try to give them that little extra bit of information on swimming after hours,"...

2008-07-26 15:00:26

By Maria Armental Paul Davis; Lisa Vernon-Sparks Heavy surf brings several days of dangerous currents, and two popular beaches closed yesterday because of potential water contamination. NARRAGANSETT -- From Westerly to Narragansett, strong swells and rip currents, leftovers from Hurricane Bertha and Tropical Storm Cristobal, continued to wreak havoc yesterday at area beaches. Turbulent weather also prompted state health officials to close several popular beaches -- including...

2008-07-25 12:00:48

By James Carlson By James Carlson THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL The state's health department tested water at the Lake Shawnee beach on Thursday as a second employee walked out amid the controversy over lifeguards being asked to retrieve human waste from the swimming area -- and not speak to the media about it. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment sent workers to the lake at S.E. 29th and Croco Road as a precaution, said spokesman Mike Heideman. The test results are expected today....

2008-07-25 03:00:29

By Pamela Hale-Burns They're a vital part of a day at the beach, but even lifeguards want to have fun. For almost 20 years, that fun has come in the form of the California Surf Lifesaving Association Southwest Regional Junior Lifeguard Championships. The junior lifeguard programs provide beach and water safety training for boys and girls. The regionals, which are being held this year in Seal Beach today and Saturday, officially began in 1980. The event includes lifeguards...

2008-07-22 09:00:40

Virginia Beach lifeguards have taken top honors in the South Atlantic Lifesaving Association's Regional Lifeguard Competition. The 22-person team took the top honor during a series of events held on Pleasure Island in North Carolina on July 16 and 17, the association said. Lifeguards from Nags Head Fire and Ocean Rescue also placed first in the B Division, or small agency division. Corolla Ocean Rescue placed second, three points behind Nags Head. The competition also included...

2008-07-22 09:00:40

FRESH FROM winning a regional lifeguard competition in North Carolina, Virginia Beach's lifeguards pulled 21 people from the water Saturday. Kitty Hawk lifeguards rescued nine swimmers. On Thursday, lifeguards in Duck and Southern Shores had 72 water rescues. No one died in the waters off Hampton Roads and the Outer Banks last weekend, thanks to the tough, relentless work of the lifeguards, some of whom had just returned from taking top honors in the South Atlantic Lifesaving Association's...

2008-07-21 08:44:54

By JOHN WARREN By John Warren The Virginian-Pilot VIRGINIA BEACH Don't be fooled by the lack of precipitation, beachgoers. Tropical Storm Cristobal is not your friend. It's not what's in the sky that you have to look out for - it's underwater. Rip currents produced by the storm have led to an increase in the number of rescues by lifeguards in Virginia Beach and on the Outer Banks recently, lifeguards say . Though Sunday's numbers were not available, on Saturday, 21 people were...


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  • A spider.
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